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Ridgefield Parents Sound Off On Longer School Year

Extending the school year by 300 hours isn't a favorite idea among some Ridgefield parents.
Extending the school year by 300 hours isn't a favorite idea among some Ridgefield parents. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith, stock

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – Connecticut was one of five states with schools that will extend add 300 hours of class instruction next year. None of the schools are in Ridgefield, but parents here are on the fence about the idea.

Select schools in three districts in Connecticut will participate in a three-year pilot program to determine whether an expansion of learning time for students results in a stronger education base for the children, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced Tuesday.

Ridgefield residents were asked to share their thoughts on The Daily Voice’s Facebook page. Most said they felt that the school year in Ridgefield is already long enough.

“The goal of more school hours would logically be to increase standardized test scores. Better test scores do not equal smarter children, they just equal better test scores. We don't need MORE hours, we need BETTER hours,” posted Aimee Berger-Girvalo.

Jacqui Bean agreed, writing that spending more time in school wouldn’t make her children smarter. “In fact, cramming more stuff would be very detrimental, I think. Also money should be spent on paying teachers accordingly in all schools so there are better teachers with different teaching skills and not a one size fits all approach.”

Instead of adding hours to the school year, Bethany Agliardo suggested putting snow chains on the bus tires to cut down on delayed openings and early dismissals because of snow.

An extra 300 hours would equate to more than six extra weeks, Charis Connell Taylor said. “Are they going to pay teachers more? Doubt that.” In some situations, year-round schooling would be a benefit, but “in Ridgefield though I don’t think this idea would fly,” Taylor said.

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